Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the Senate’s budget deal announced today that would provide $6 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic.

WASHINGTON, DC – Shatterproof Founder and CEO Gary Mendell released the following statement on the Senate’s budget deal announced today that would provide $6 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic:

“Any sign of Congress reaching a bipartisan deal to provide more funding for the opioid epidemic is a step forward. While $6 billion barely scratches the surface of the full amount needed to adequately address the crisis, it will help save lives. Congress should use this agreement as a stepping stone to take action on policies that do not require any funding, such as incentivizing providers to offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and calling for implementation of the CDC guideline for prescribing opioids.”

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. He founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is an experienced businessman and CEO who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support, providing evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance use disorders.

 

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